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Alcestis

[al-ses-tis] /ælˈsɛs tɪs/
noun
1.
Also, Alkestis. Classical Mythology. the wife of Admetus who gave up her life in order that the Fates might save the life of Admetus and later was brought back from Hades by Hercules.
2.
(italics) a tragedy (438 b.c.) by Euripides.
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Alcestis

/ælˈsɛstɪs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the wife of king Admetus of Thessaly. To save his life, she died in his place, but was rescued from Hades by Hercules
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Word Origin and History for Alcestis

wife of Admetus, she offered her life for her husband and was rescued from the Underworld by Herakles, from Greek Alkestis, literally "valiant, courageous," from alke "protection, help, strength, power."

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